New York Magazine

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Best Performer

Gustafer Yellowgold
DR2 Theater, 103 E. 15th St., nr. Union Square E.; 212-239-6200
Saturdays 3/15–5/3 (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)

Dan Zanes and Laurie Berkner may get the Carnegie Hall treatment, but the most original performer on the family-music scene today is Morgan Taylor, creator of Gustafer Yellowgold. Whereas the other kiddie-tunes stars are reinvigorating old folk tunes and rocking out on the Noggin channel, Taylor has dreamed up a whole world of story-songs about Gustafer (he’s from the sun) and his menagerie of friends (an eel, a pet dragon named Asparagus, a bunch of mustard slugs, a tuxedo-wearing pterodactyl). Taylor and his band present their songs alongside large-screen animations done up with karaoke-style subtitles for early readers. The act has been making the kid-venue rounds of late, stopping at Bowery Kids, Joe’s Pub, and Symphony Space; it will begin an Off Broadway run on March 15 at the DR2 Theater near Union Square. Not to be missed.


Order the Issue Today

Cover of New York Magazine's Best of New York issue

Order This Issue

Other Best Of Guides

Where can you find the city’s top dog groomer? Last-minute tailor? Beef tongue? We eat, drink, dance, shop, shvitz, and trampoline our way around the city, not to mention poll scores of in-the-know colleagues, hard-partying friends, opinionated family members, and, this year, a team of guest expert bloggers to bring you answers to all of the above questions, and hundreds more, in the form of our annual “Best of New York” issue.